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Namibia - Travel Information

Passports and Visas

All visitors require a passport valid for at least six months after the period of their intended stay, and documents for return or onward travel. Passports should have at least two unused pages for endorsements by the Namibian Immigration Service. Visas are valid up to three months from date of issue for stays of up to three months from date of entry. Extensions for a further three months are available from the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek.


The cold Benguela current keeps the coast of the Namib Desert cool, damp and free of rain for most of the year, with a thick coastal fog. Inland, rain falls in summer. Summer temperatures are high while the altitude means that nights are cool. Winter nights can be fairly cold, but days are generally warm and pleasant.

Summer (October-April)
Average interior temperatures range from 20C-34C during the day. Temperatures above 40C are often recorded in the extreme north and south of the country. The coast influenced by the cold Benguela current, boasts a relatively stable range of 15C-25C. Heavy fog is fairly common at night

Winter (May-September)
During the day, the temperatures in the interior range from 18C-25C while at night, the temperatures are freezing and ground frost.


A yellow fever certificate is required for all travelers arriving from infected areas. Travelers should ensure their polio vaccinations are up to date as there was a Polio outbreak in July 2006. There is a malaria risk in the northern region during the rainy season, from January to April. HIV/AIDS is prevalent and precautions are essential. Cholera outbreaks do occur and visitors should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. There has been an increase in the incidence of rabies among dogs in Windhoek. There are good medical facilities in Windhoek, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive. Travelers to Namibia should take medical advice at least four weeks prior to departure.


Visits to Namibia are trouble-free, but beware of street crime and pickpockets in the town centers. Theft from vehicles, especially from service stations, is common and valuables should be kept out of sight and the car locked. Avoid using taxis if possible and never take one alone. Care should be taken when traveling in the Caprivi Strip; travel in daylight hours only (livestock wandering onto roads at night cause many accidents) and stay on the main tarred highway, as there is a risk of landmines remaining from the Angolan civil war.

Getting There

By air, from London to Windhoek direct is 10 hours 15 minutes. Windhoek (WDH) (Hosea Kutako International Airport) is 42km from the city. By water, there is a modern deep-water harbour at the Walvis Bay. There is also a small port at Lüderitz.

By rail, TransNamib StarLine runs a train from Windhoek to Upington, just across the border in South Africa. By road, a tarred road runs from the south through Upington in South Africa to Grünau, where it connects with the tarred road from Cape Town. The Trans-Kalahari Highway links Walvis Bay and Windhoek with Gaborone, Botswana and Gauteng, South Africa. The Trans-Caprivi highway runs through the Caprivi Strip and via Botswana into Zimbabwe.


The official currency is the Namibian Dollar (NAD) divided into 100 cents. Its value is equal to the South African Rand, which is also accepted as legal currency in Namibia. Major credit cards are accepted. Travelers’ cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at any bank or bureau de change, though cash is more expensive to exchange than travelers cheques. ATMs are available in larger towns only.


English is the official language and is spoken by seven percent of the population. Most of the people speak Afrikaans. Other languages are German and the indigenous languages of Herero, Nama and Oshivambo.


Tips of 10% are expected where a service charge has not been included in the bill. Tour guides, game rangers and trackers rely on tips for their income and should be tipped accordingly.


Namibian cuisine is known for the use of game such as venison. Namibia is also an important producer of beef and mutton. Seafood is available from the country's coastal region. The German colonial period has left a legacy of a variety of sausages, breads, cakes and pastries, whilst the South African influence can be seen in foods such as biltong (air-dried meat). Traditional food includes porridge and soup made from cornmeal, millet or cassava, supplemented by fish or meat stew, vegetables and milk products. Wine is produced locally and beer made from marula fruit is a favourite during the marula harvest.

What to pack

As Namibia has a typical semi-dessert climate with hot days and cool nights, it is recommended that you pack both summer clothing as well something warm for the evenings. It is advisable to pack a sweater and/or jacket as it becomes quite cool in the evenings and early mornings.
*Telephone list with all the emergency numbers, including the numbers of family and friends back home
*Rehydrate solutions or concentrates.
*First-aid kit containing, amongst others, insect repellent, possibly a malaria prophylaxis, bandages, diarrhoea medication and painkillers; sufficient supplies of your regular medicines
*Battery-operated or conventional razors
*Torch and binoculars
*Travel insurance policy and repatriation insurance
*Sunglasses, sun protection and a hat
*Comfortable walking shoe

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